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4:23 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

SpawGlass Foundation Gift Benefits Special Needs Children In San Antonio

Respite Care Of San Antonio board member, Sandi Cavazos, plays with a child under special care at the shelter
Credit Eileen Pace

 

The SpawGlass Foundation Tuesday awarded a $22,500 dollar grant to the Respite Care Center of San Antonio.

Respite Care’s mission is to help children with special needs to heal from complicated medical procedures or from neglect or abuse, and the funds will provide scholarships to care for more special-needs children.

Babies to young children come in with major disorders, cognitive impairment, and birth defects. Some are injured or addicted to drugs after birth, and the shelter is filled to capacity.

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The Source - November 18, 2014
12:51 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Source: Efforts To Raise The Minimum Wage In San Antonio

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009. That amount, or something less for exempted positions, is what 3.3 million Americans earn per her hour across the country. Many believe it is time to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage, or a wage that raises a person out of poverty. 

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Music Interviews
10:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Isabel Leonard, Bringing Young Eyes And Ears To Opera

Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano.
Credit Dario Acosta

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.

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School Choice Programs
5:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Senators Hear Heated Testimony Concerning Renewed Talk Of School-Choice Programs

Credit State of Texas

Dan Patrick has long fought to get a school choice bill passed in Texas. Now, as he takes his final stroll as Senate Education Chair, before becoming Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick is calculating the likelihood of passing such a bill in 2015.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

YOSA Concerto Competition Winner To Play With Symphony

Over the weekend a musical event with big repercussions was held with several young musicians.  You may remember Youth Orchestra’s of San Antonio—YOSA—was holding a competition.

“On Saturday afternoon we had the YOSA Concerto Competition at St. David’s Episcopal Church.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“Ten musicians from the YOSA Philharmonic played—a really great group of students.”

Judging was done by Peters and two of the San Antonio Symphony’s standouts.

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Education
2:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Following On 2013’s Legislative Efforts, Texas Lawmakers Aim To Decriminalize Student Truancy

A Republican state lawmaker is hoping to decriminalize Texas students’ learning experience. Rep. James White’s bill, will decriminalize truancy laws and require schools to find a way to incentivize attendance and student learning.

In 2013, school officials, nonprofits, and even the then-Chief Justice for the Texas Supreme Court, worked with state lawmakers to get a bill that banned school resource officers from issuing misdemeanor tickets to students “disrupting class,” signed into law.  

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New York, New York, But With A San Antonio Connection

Cecilia Alemani
Timothy Schenck

Artpace is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, November 18 about a New York City installation that has a San Antonio connection. You may remember a story I did a few months ago on the High Line, a public park on the west side of Manhattan.

Cecilia Alemani curates art for the High Line, which is an abandoned, elevated freight railroad.

“Imagine it’s a very long bridge suspended 30 feet in the sky. It has a lot of planting — gorgeous plantings and architecture."

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The Source - November 17, 2014
1:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

The Source: City Proposes Big Annexation

Credit City of San Antonio / cc

San Antonio could become the fifth largest city by population in the country by 2020 if they annex five key Bexar county areas. The proposal was made last Wednesday by John Dugan, the head of the Department of Planning and Community Development to city council.

Currently seventh in the country with 1.3 million residents the proposal would add 66 sq. miles and about 200,000 people. In less than 10 years the city would be around 1.7 millions according to city estimates. The annexation would represent the biggest addition to the city in nearly 20 years

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Government
12:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Villarreal Formally Announces Mayoral Run, Begins ‘SA Strong’ Campaign

Near downtown, Mike Villarreal announced his bid for mayor of San Antonio.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The worst kept secret in San Antonio in the last few weeks is that State Representative Mike Villarreal wants to be the city's next mayor. He made that official Sunday by kicking off his campaign at Maverick Park, amidst a sizable gathering of supporters, despite the cold and rain.

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